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Taos Ski Valley

1,200 skiable acres; 2,612 lift-served vertical feet; summit elevation 11,819 feet; 305 annual inches; 110 trails; 12 lifts. Lift tickets: adults $55; teens 13-17 $43; kids 7-12 $33; seniors $41.

Lodging

The St. Bernard, with its slopeside deck and ski murals covering the facade, is the epitome of Taos. Packages include six lift tickets, six morning lessons and all meals ($1,865-$2,265 per week; 505-776-2251). In town, Casa de las Chimeneas has eight rooms, a spa and daily homemade breakfast with a southwestern twist ($165-$325 per night; 877-758-4777).

Dining

Try a Taos-style pie-topped with beans and green chiles-at Outback Pizza, in town (505-758-3112).

Getting There

From Albuquerque (135 miles), take I-25 North, then bypass Santa Fe on 599 North to U.S. 285 North to New Mexico 68. Follow the windy road up to the Ski Valley.

Information

Taos Ski Valley: 866-968-7386; skitaos.org. Village of Taos Chamber of Commerce: 505-766-2291; taosskivalley.com

DECEMBER 2004